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on 15 February 2001
I cannot believe no one else has reviewed this albem. That no one has taken the opportunity to share with others what a great find this is. This for me is as close to an emotional experience as music can get, the sound of violins on Tiny tears is worth the price of the album alone. If you have ever heard the Tindersticks and quite liked their stuff, then this is the album for you. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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on 9 December 1999
If you've read any other reviews of Tindersticks albums on this site you've probably guessed that their fans are annoyingly loyal. I'm one of those fans, I'm afraid, and this album has to get 5 stars. In recent years it has been overlooked in favour of their 3rd and 4th studio albums (Curtains and Simple Pleasure - buy them too), but I defy anyone to listen to this album and not fall in love with the vocals, particularly stunning on the duet Travelling Light (the best track possibly in their repertoire), Tiny Tears and My Sister. Listen to it late at night, you'll know what I mean. Fantastic.
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on 3 March 2016
Loved it.was always a big fan and this did not disappoint.
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on 13 January 2016
Early Tindersticks and they just keep raising the bar!!
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on 2 April 2016
Lovely deep stuff
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This second Tindersticks album is a lengthy exploration of many melancholy moods, lifted in places by exquisite orchestral arrangements and inspiring melodies. The lyrics are often oblique as in the songs El Diablo, a subdued, almost whispered piece that ends in discordant sounds, and A Night In, a similar lugubrious excursion with nice melodic twists and turns.
I am not sure whether the track My Sister is done with tongue in cheek, but it lists an unbearable catalogue of woes and would qualify for one of the most depressing songs of all time along with Gloomy Sunday and sundry songs by Swans, Nick Cave and Kevin Coyne. A whispered voice behind the lead vocal and some mournful violin give it an eerie touch.
The organ contributions in the mix really impress, as on the tuneful ballad Tiny Tears. Although not a feel-good number either, it provides welcome relief after all of the sorrow of My Sister. The instrumental Vetrauen II is a moody evocative number and Talk To Me is a sombre ballad with a nervous rhythm that evolves into a huge orchestral sound. No More Affairs is another gloomy affair that would make Nick Drake proud, whilst the ironically titled Singing is a lovely organ instrumental.
The album's transcended moment arrives in the form of the powerful duet Travelling Light, a stunning composition with an uplifting effect despite its images of separation and mood of resignation. The next one, Cherry Blossoms, has an interesting vocal arrangement that gives it a haunting quality. Fans of Scott Walker, Joy Division and Leonard Cohen will find much to appreciate in Tindersticks.
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on 31 January 2000
truly amazing.if you can, buy it.They deserve to be so much bigger, alas i doubt they will be.If you can, buy this record, especially-as i had when i discovered it-if you feel music is letting you down. Beautiful and elegant, all bands would sell their grandmas to make music as good as this. Suede came close to this on 'dogmanstar' but there's really no one out there to touch will never ever regret buying it, and the trio of 'travelling light','cherry blossoms' and 'mistakes' is worth twice the price alone.
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on 11 September 2013
maybe it isn't just what I expected it's very morbid, I wouldn't recommend it, there are maybe only two tracks that I enjoy
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